Whenever the sun is shining in the United Kingdom organisers of poker tournaments begin to worry, especially if they have guaranteed a specific sized prize pool. One such guaranteed prize pool was placed on the 2014 Genting Poker Series Stoke Main Event, one worth £125,000, but any worries about it not being reached were dashed when 198 players turned out for Day 1c to push the total attendance to 360 and the prize pool to £144,000.
Topping the chip counts once play ended for the night was Mohammed Shoahebe who managed to finish with a stack of 251,000 chips, which were enough to put him almost 70,000 chips clear of second placed Don Jones (183,800).
Shoahebe has cashes dating back to 2008 on his Hendon Mob profile, yet hasn’t reached the money places in a major tournament since he finished 31st in the October 2013 edition of the Dusk Till Dawn £150 Six Max event. Although there is a long way to go before the money places are reached in this event, Shoahebe must be confident of helping himself to a slice of the prize pool after getting off to a blistering start.
Notables who secured their seat to Saturday’s Day 2 include William Kassouf (164,100) who almost led the day from start to finish, Sunny Mistri (138,700), Gabriel Tuna (124,800), Sky Poker UK Poker Championships Main Event winner Alex Spencer (108,100), Lee Taylor (106,300), Tommy Bingham (97,100), Ben Carpenter (96,300), the legendary Willie Tann (74,800), Dominic Kay (57,000), and Leon Campbell (16,200).
Day 2 could be a long day at the tables for the surviving players as the plan of action is to try and get as close to the final table of nine as possible. Play will end after 10 levels are completed regardless of the final table being reached.
2014 Genting Poker Series Stoke Main Event Day 1c Chip Counts
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